Our three days with John, Gail, and my niece at their beach cottage were truly spectacular and relaxing. I can’t pick just one favorite thing. I hope we can visit them there again soon! Thanks to John and Gail and L for a lovely time!
John and Gail
Their golden retriever, Ralph, the most mellow dog ever!
Doesn’t this look like a watercolor? I loved how the light and fog and clouds played together on the beach.
My niece, L, and our rat terrier, Trixie, in matching coats.
Sunset on the beach
L pretending she’s a tiger hiding in the beach grass.
I got to fly a kite!!!!
Good night and thanks so much for joining us on our Oregon adventures!
Bob and Debbi
After driving 12 plus hours from our home in the Peninsula/Bay Area of California, we arrived late at my sister’s home in Portland, OR. Not so late that my 4-1/2 year old niece couldn’t properly and enthusiastically greet us, however! Our first full day there, Bob went white water rafting on a class 4 river (his first time) with John, my brother-in-law and John’s 18 year old son. They had a blast – and Bob saw bald eagles, osprey, and river otters. (I opted for the less adventurous but just as fun outing to the outets to go shopping with my sister and niece.)
The following day, at John’s suggestion, Bob and I drove 1-1/2 hours to Silver Falls State Park where we hiked most of the 8.7 mile Trail of Ten Falls. Because we parked at the North entrance, we were able to see most of the falls on our four hour hike (we stopped a lot to gawk at the waterfalls and to take photos). The landscape of Oregon is visibly different than Northern CA – more rocky and very green with amazing rivers.
Hiking here was like being lost in time.
Upper North Falls – 65 ft
North Falls – 136 ft We were able to hike behind the falls. Amazing!
Us in shadow on a bridge.
The river views were soothing.
Double Falls – 178 ft, the largest in the park. I had fun scrambling around on the rocks below (and proudly did NOT slip and fall)!
We saw a lot of butterflies and birds too far away for me to identify. A small garter snake crossed the path right in front of me, and we saw a lizard skitter in the bushes. It was an invigorating, fabulous hike – one of my favorites, ever!